Program Evaluation

Data on Participation in Academic Civic Engagement Courses

Summary of Student & Faculty Involvement

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Civic Engagement Module

This report is available on the Institutional Research & Evaluation (IR&E) website.  St. Olaf included this special component in the 2013 survey of students about their levels of engagement across their academic and co-curricular experiences.  Link to the page, Institutional Reports by Outcome or Topic, and scroll down to locate the “NSSE 2013 Civic Engagement Module” under the heading, Reports supporting current projects or initiatives.

Bringing Theory to Practice Grant, 2011

St. Olaf received a Bringing Theory to Practice grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities to assess and strengthen academic civic engagement at St. Olaf. The grant supported a learning community that consisted of eight faculty and Nate Jacobi (former Associate Director for Civic Engagement) in developing and enhancing academic civic engagement (ACE) courses, assessing the impact of ACE courses on student learning (especially civic and vocational development) and exploring opportunities for St. Olaf to strengthen and expand academic civic engagement.

Narrative Summary of Assessment Results

Faculty Survey on ACE and Community-based Teaching
     87 responses; administered February 2011

ACE Student Survey Report: Executive Summary
     239 out of 264 student responses from 14 ACE courses offered during 2010-11

ACE Student Interviews

Authored by team of six students in a Qualitative Research Methods course (SOAN 373) after conducting interviews with 41 students who had taken ACE courses in previous semesters.

ACE Civic Engagement Inventory